- Gen. 22. In what ways was the command of verse 2 a most severe test of Abraham’s faith I God? Note the significance of the comment in Heb. 11:17, 18. From where did Abraham expect to get, and where did he expect to find, the answer to the questions that he could not answer? How did his faith express itself? Cf. Jas. 2:20-24.
- Gen. 21:22-34. What was it about Abraham that made Abimelech believe that a covenant between them that would be kept was a serious possibility? Do we seek similar evidences in our lives that will make other trust us and reverence our God? Cf. Matt. 5:16; 1 Pet. 2:12.
- What features in Abraham’s character does the story of this chapter bring out? With verse 4 cf. Heb. 11:9, 10, 13-16. What can we learn from his example concerning the right way to face both life and death?
- What is Sarah’s character as shown in Genesis? Cf. Heb. 11:11; 1 Pet. 3:5, 6. How many wives today become what the Bible calls’ her daughters’?
- What can we learn from the attitude of Abraham’s servant in his relation to: (a) his master, and (b) the task given to him? What were his confidence and concern? Cf. Col. 3:22-24.
- Examine the manner in which the servant made his choice, and the test he employed. Of what did he become particularly conscious? Can we learn from this about choosing a life-partner?
- What picture do we get of Rebekah?
- What light do we get from this passage on the kind of man Isaac was? See 24:63-67; 25:28.
- Contrast Jacob and Esau, as described in 25:27-34, in their habits, character and spiritual outlook. What lesson is drawn in Heb. 12:14-17 from Esau’s conduct in regard to his birthright?
- Review Abraham’s life. What gives him an outstanding place in world history and makes him a conspicuous example to us all? Cf. Is.14:8; Gal. 3:9, 29.